Archive for November 2015

Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Kyle Allen proved all night that he was the right choice in  a game that required his pocket awareness, his knowledge of his reads and his ability to throw the ball downfield; he had his confidence and his arm strength back. In fact, if it hadn’t been for some unfortunate drops, his stats would have been even more impressive – he was that accurate. Yes, our offenTexas A&M vs Vanderbiltse had a problem scoring touchdowns in the red zone. But thanks to senior kicker Taylor Bertolet, who kicked six successful field goals (tying former kicker Alan Smith for the most in A&M history) we got 18 points on the board. Play of the game, however, had to be after the defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back into Allen’s hands on his own four yard line.  After a one yard rush from Carson, Allen connected with wide receiver Josh Reynolds for a beautifully executed 95-yard touchdown pass.  Oh, and Tre Carson, our rock at running back, collected 126 yards on the night. All in all, it’s a nice way to be going into Baton Rouge next week.

No one predicted that the Aggies would pitch a shut-out against the Commodores last night, but they did! But based on our rules, we had a winner. Congratulations, Matt Greene! We will be sending you your well-deserved prize of the the Ultimate Poker DVD Collection including “Beat The Pros”, “Winning Texas Holdem”, and “Mastering Bluffs and Tells” Instructional DVDs from our friendly staff at the Texas Poker Store.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

For only the second time this season, the Texas A&M Aggies are traveling out of the state of Texas to play the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Commodores have some impressive credentials on defense, allowing only 25 percent of third down conversions and ranking fourth in the NCAA in red zone defense. For the Aggies, that sounds pretty intimidating, especially with their meager Red Zone production.

Texas A&M vs VanderbiltOn the other hand, the Aggies have the offensive weapons, know how to score, and if they play up to their potential they should take home a win. That is, if they can figure out which of their two star QBs will start, much less give them the best chance to win. Hopefully, some of their big-time receivers will step up big time and their passing game will click with not as many dropped passes and/or inaccurate throws and Tra Carson will have another 100-yard game.

Vanderbilt’s offense is relatively nonthreatening, assuming they don’t decide to pound us with the run. If they do, the Aggies have proved that they can’t stop other teams from gashing us for big yardage. Vanderbilt can’t beat us passing with our huge pass rush. In other words, it’s anyone’s guess on this one . . . so make your final score prediction, sit back and watch. Our prediction; Texas A&M has too much talent not to win this, but it won’t be relaxing for fans of either team.

Ultimate Poker DVD CollectionAs always, whoever predicts the final score of this contest first, without going over, will be the  next “Texas Poker Store Predict the Score” prizewinner, winning the Ultimate Poker DVD Collection including “Beat The Pros”, “Winning Texas Holdem”, and “Mastering Bluffs and Tells” Instructional DVDs. And remember, in case of a tie, whoever made the correct prediction first is the winner, so you don’t much time to waste, get your predictions in now.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

It looked as though Joe McKeehen was never going to be stopped at the 46th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event, and indeed he wasn’t.

Joe McKeehen 2015 WSOP ChampionMcKeehen dominated the final table from the very start, he sat down with a huge chip lead on day one, and never let go. His attitude from the beginning was that he would win it all and he did just that, the 24-year-old poker pro dominated all the way and took home $7.68 million, along with his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Josh BeckleyJosh Beckley finished as runner up and takes home a more than substantial pay day of $4,470,896 for a young 24-year-old who has been playing professionally for less than one year. Neil Blumenfield, although at a young 61-year-old, he was considerably older than his last remaining opponents, he managed to hang on to take third place for a payout of $3,398,298. Our favorite Max Steinberg walked away with a very healthy $2,615,361 pay-out in fourth place.

Here are the final table results from the 2015 World Series of Poker.
1 – Joe McKeehen – $7,683,346
2 – Josh Beckley – $4,470,896
3 – Neil Blumenfield – $3,398,298
4 – Max Steinberg – $2,615,361
5 – Ofer Zvi Stern – $1,911,423
6 – Tom Cannuli – $1,426,283
7 – Pierre Neuville – $1,203,293
8 – Federico Butteroni – $1,097,056
9 – Patrick Chan – $1,001,020

I don’t know about any of you guys but this makes me wanna practice, practice, practice, and if we all do just that, plus study any poker DVDs and poker books that are available, maybe next year some of us will venture a little deeper into our WSOP dreams. Hope to see ya’ll there.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We haven’t kept the fact that we’re fans of the Texas A&M football team a secret, but after last night’s 26-10 loss to the Tigers, even die-hard fans like us know that it’s another “wait til next year”. Our defense, although much-improved from last year, has yet to mature into an SEC defense. The Auburn coaching staff came up with the perfect game plan against our “D,” which was to consistently gash us with the run, 311 yards worth; and virtually eliminate our fearsome pass rush, which recorded zero sacks. Our offense was able to move the ball pretty well up and down the field with Kyler Murray at the helm, but that same Kyler Murray who performed so flawlessly against South Carolina turned back into a freshman quarterback again, throwing three picks, including two into the end zone to end our scoring drives.

So, yesterday’s SEC Game was a disappointing loss for the Aggies. Unfortunately we can’t announce a winner of our “Predict the Score” contest for this one as the only players that selected Auburn predicted scores that went over the final score.

It’s a good thing we’re poker fans and can now look forward to the Final Table of 2015 World Series Of Poker, beginning today at 5:00 p.m. PST on the stage in the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This year is breaking records even before the November Nine are dealt cards. This year the eldest player ever to make the November Nine, Pierre Neuville is 72 years old; that’s 15 years older than the previous oldest November Niner (Steve Gee was 57 in 2012).

The 2015 November NineHere are the players’ seats and chip counts:

Seat 1: Ofer Zvi Stern – 29,800,000 (74 bb)
Seat 2: Pierre Neuville – 21,075,000 (52 bb)
Seat 3: Joshua Beckley – 11,800,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: Max Steinberg – 20,200,000 (50 bb)
Seat 5: Thomas Cannuli – 12,250,000 (30 bb)
Seat 6: Joe McKeehen – 63,100,000 (160 bb)
Seat 7: Patrick Chan – 6,225,000 (15 bb)
Seat 8: Federico Butteroni – 6,200,000 (15 bb)
Seat 9: Neil Blumenfield – 22,000,000 (55 bb)

Tuesday night, November 10th,  the newest WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned. Whoever that may be will take home a WSOP gold bracelet, over $7.6 million dollars, and a well-deserved place in poker history.

Max Steinberg and me at the 2015 WSOPWho do you favor? Personally,  I would have to place my poker chips on Max Steinberg even though the odds are in favor of the current chip leader,  Joe McKeehen. After  meeting  Steinberg and following the brief talk I had with him, I believe he is a fearless, extremely confident and competent player that could easily outplay McKeehen. Of course, we are talking poker and as we all know, anything can happen at the poker tables.

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